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A preview of Local Happenings

CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH WITH SANTA
Dec. 5, 12 and 19 | Camarillo
Discover what Christmas was like over 100 years ago as you step back in time to explore holiday traditions of the Camarillo family and the Victorian era during this unique Christmas experience at Camarillo’s very own historical landmark, magically reimagined for the holiday season. The 1905 Red Barn is transformed into Santa’s Workshop, where you can receive a souvenir photo. Festive treats and drinks will be available. Open 4:30-7:30 p.m, gates close at 7 p.m. $6. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarilloranchfoundation.org/christmas-with-santa.

HOLIDAYS AT THE PLAZA WINTERFEST
Dec. 7-Jan. 2. | Ventura
Historic Plaza Park in Downtown Ventura hosts a variety of holiday events that celebrate community and good cheer all season long. The park will become a “Candy Cane Forest,” twinkling with dozens of fresh-cut, decorated trees. An outdoor screening of How theGrinch Stole Christmas and The Polar Express takes place on Friday, Dec. 7. Unique handcrafted items will be available at the holiday boutique on Saturday, Dec. 8. Also in store: a silent disco, yoga with Santa and more. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit www.holidaysattheplaza.com.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS
Dec. 8 | Oxnard
Play in the snow, meet Santa and partake in children’s activities throughout the day, and stick around for the annual Parade of Lights featuring vessels decorated in holiday bling. Beginning at noon, families can play in real snow falling at the north end of Harbor View Park. Santa will be present and will take pictures with families free of charge. This year’s parade theme is “Fairy Tales Afloat,” so expect your favorite storybooks to come alive on the water beginning at 7 p.m., all culminating in a flyover by Santa Claus himself. Channel Islands Harbor, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.

CHRISTMAS PARADE AND SANTA’S VILLAGE
Dec. 8 | Camarillo
Hundreds of parade entries from bands, floats, cars and other vehicles, horses and more will all gather to watch Santa in his sleigh as he traverses through Old Town Camarillo at this annual holiday season kickoff. Following the parade, stick around and enjoy Santa’s Village at the end of the route featuring holiday shopping, food vendors, live music, inflatable attractions and much more. This event is hosted by Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District. Santa’s Village will be located at Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org.

MENORAH LIGHTING
Dec. 9 | Oxnard
Join The Collection at River Park and Chabad of Oxnard for a lighting of the menorah celebration in observance of Chanukah. The festive lighting will include a live band, entertainment and traditional treats, beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Collection Park, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com.

AN IRISH CHRISTMAS
Dec. 13-14 | Thousand Oaks
Featuring an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne (Principal dancer, Riverdance), world champion dancer Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider (Principal dancer, Celtic Fyre, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The Chieftains), as well as members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, The Kerry Voice Squad and the Kerry Traditional Orchestra, this performance promises a memorable night with traditional Irish dance, music and charm. $47-50. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

VENTURA HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS AND FIREWORKS
Dec. 14-15 | Ventura
Decorated boats and holiday décor kick off this year’s “Rocking on the DOCK side of the Moon” themed parade, a tribute to all things ’70s, from disco to prog-rock. Boat parade begins at 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday only, a ’70s Dance Party will kick off at 5:15 p.m. A Winter Wonderland and Holiday Marketplace will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and will feature live reindeer and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus themselves. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaHarborVillage.com.

FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS
Dec. 15-30 | Simi Valley
The heavenly boy group known as Forever Plaid brings this celebration to Simi Valley, just in time for the holidays. Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge return to weave the magic of the 1950s and 1960s with classic tunes and holiday gems. You’ll not want to miss audience favorites like the riotous 3-minute and 11-second versions of The Ed Sullivan Show. $22-25. Showtime 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, www.simi-arts.org.

FROM THE ASHES: THOMAS FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUTHER GERLACH
Through Dec. 30 | Santa Paula
Inspired by the abstracted landscapes left in the wake of the Thomas Fire, Ventura photographer Luther Gerlach has produced an extraordinary collection of photographs that both document the destruction and explore the mysterious beauty it rendered. Using an 8x10 wooden view camera, Gerlach’s enlarged prints create a unique, immersive experience of the spectacular aftermath, embued and enhanced with ash and sulfar-laden water collected from the scene of the fire itself. $3-4 admission. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 North Tenth Street, Santa Paula, www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

A COLLECTION OF RARITIES
Through Feb 2019 | Thousand Oaks
Featuring the work of artist Kevin Sloan, and curated by California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Senior Curator Lynn Farrand and Executive Director Tish Greenwood, this exhibit is dedicated to the Conejo Valley, inspired in part by Jungleland, the exotic animal park which operated from the late 1920s to 1969. Several poets will perform to emphasize Sloan’s work at various times throughout the exhibit. CMATO, 350 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.cmato.org.

ON THE HORIZON

RED HOT MAMA: THE SOPHIE TUCKER SONGBOOK
Jan. 19-20 | Ventura
Tony nominee Sharon McNight stars in the remarkable story of the first lady of show business, whose career spanned 60 years encompassing the music and history of burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway and Las Vegas. This show will be performed as part of the Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Concert Series. $35-55. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

12-01-2018

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